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July 18, 2021 | Blog

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Role of cloud computing in healthcare at a time of crisis

Hospitals generate 50 petabytes of data a year. This includes both medical research data and patients’ demographic, medical and other details. The pandemic further skyrocketed the data pile as doctors and medical facilities prioritised remote consultation and diagnosis to the extent possible. While the prompt responsiveness of technology providers enabled medical facilities to stay up and functioning in the crisis, a more holistic and permanent approach to leveraging data is inevitable. The healthcare industry needs robust, flexible and adaptable infrastructure and computational capability to support data storage, management and analytics at an astronomical scale.

How healthcare cloud adoption can heal medical institutions

The ongoing health crisis has drastically changed how people live, work and interact; healthcare professionals and patients are no exceptions. Traditional, monolithic architecture does not offer the agility and resilience to address the needs of the current healthcare ecosystem. The only way forward is to the cloud. You ought to double down on cloud and incorporate it more as part of your core infrastructure rather than backup. And, here are the benefits of cloud computing in healthcare:

Better Data Storage & Management

The healthcare industry deals with a wealth of private data, which needs to be securely stored for a long time. On-premises storage for such a huge amount of data is expensive and difficult to manage. On the other hand, cloud offers scalable and virtually unlimited storage at a lower cost. It allows you to facilitate researchers and clinicians to easily mine data from wherever they are and irrespective of the point of its origin or storage. With secure-yet-readily available patient data, medical professionals can provide more timely diagnosis and treatment.

Ease of Collaboration

The ongoing health crisis has aptly built the case for seamless, remote collaboration between healthcare facilities to deliver timely and effective patient care. That said, no technology shatters data silos and facilitates collaboration more effectively than cloud. Whether you’re a large medical facility in an urban region or a small one in a rural or isolated place, you can widen the reach of your healthcare services by collaborating with both your smaller and larger counterparts. You can exchange patients’ symptoms, diagnostic reports, prescriptions and consultation over cloud in near-real time, making healthcare more easily and widely accessible for people across geographies.

Greater Flexibility

Since cloud infrastructure can be easily scaled and repurposed as required, it allows you to continue providing your services without the need to re-architecture your technology infrastructure with every slight change in the requirement. Whether it is data storage, management, collaboration or analytics, simply communicating your requirement to your cloud provider is all it takes to scale the infrastructure.

Cost Effectiveness

Cloud solutions are available on subscription or pay-as-you-use model. Besides, there is little to no upfront cost involved in onboarding cloud since you don’t have to purchase, install and configure hardware equipment. This optimises both your capex and opex, allowing you to invest more on R&D and critical medical equipment for improved diagnosis and enhanced patient care.

Superior Disaster Recovery

If you have strictly on-premises infrastructure, chances of data loss due to equipment failure are high. Besides, data recovery from on-premises servers is difficult and time-consuming, and typically, there’s no guarantee on how much data can be recovered. But, with cloud, you can rest assured of full disaster recovery quickly and easily. More importantly, data cloning and comprehensive accessibility control options that cloud offers ensure you’re well protected from breaches and data loss incidents in the first place.

Moving into the future, on cloud

Today, a unified approach to leveraging cloud computing in healthcare differentiates future-ready medical facilities from their legacy counterparts. That is why healthcare cloud adoption is imperative for medical institutions to stay on top and serve the public more efficiently in these tough times. In this regard, selecting the right cloud solution provider is crucial to get the right mix of capabilities that best fulfil your requirements. Here is a tip as an ending note, opt for a cloud provider that can take end-to-end responsibility of your cloud journey and has complementary capabilities so that you can focus on delivering healthcare services rather than grappling with multiple vendors.

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Airtel Business is India’s leading provider of ICT services with a global network across the USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, India and SAARC regions, serving over 1200 global enterprises, 2000 large and 1 million medium/small businesses across India.

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